I am happy to report that the French swimming website "Nata.Swim" has picked up Dynoswim as a training resource. A pleasant surprise to learn that French swimmers have come to visit us in cyberspace. Welcome!
Take a look at Nata.Swim's homepage:
Dynoswim as training resource (go under "Entrainer"):
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, we begin at 5:45pm. (We may gravitate toward a 6pm start time, if we find 5:45pm too early.)
On Saturday we start at 11:00am.
All practices run for 1.5-1.75 hours depending.
We had light turnout at practice today, but nevertheless had a great workout. For those of you interested, we worked on some breaststroke.
Halloween was a real bust for me. Typically I keep a low profile at home and hope no one shows up at my door with the old "Trick or treat, smell my feet" routine. But this year was different. I actually went out and bought the real nice large size Hershey bars to give out. I was thinking the little monsters would get a big kick out of them. Anyway, I didn't live in this neighborhood last year so I got wind that I'd probably only get 10-15 trick or treaters this year.
Well, just to be safe I bought 30 of those nice size chocolate bars. So I'm waiting around for an hour or so before swim practice expecting the door bell to ring from the kids fresh home from school. Sure enough, no one comes. I then leave for practice and hear from my fellow swimmers that many of the kids here in Florida don't go out trick or treating until about 7pm or so with their parents.
I arrive back in my neighborhood around 7:45 and see tons of kids riding in the back of pick-ups, in mini-vans, and walking around, parents in tow. I rush home, turn on all the lights and wait by the door. Door bell doesn't ring once.
At one point I'm watching the cars go by, and I actually see a few of them slow down, only to speed up again and drive on by. That's weird, I thought. Then I see some kids across the street, getting their goodies. Hmm, they are out still. In fact, I'm looking through my door, and my neighbors are looking through their window back at me. That's weird too.
Well, it's after 9pm and not one monster, witch, or goblin came by. And now I have 29 chocolate bars without an owner. Halloween was a bust for me this year. Now I know what it's like to be the grown up Charlie Brown.
"If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all." ~Michelangelo Buonarroti
Take a look at all the smiling faces from our first annual Dynoswim cookout. If you find that the pictures are a bit too large, then I highly recommend that you right mouse click and "zoom out" on the image. You will then get the peripherals of the photos. Enjoy!
View image 1 (Volleyball)
View image 2 (Volleyball)
View image 3 (Conrad, Bill and Melony)
View image 4 (Amber, Margaret and Sean)
View image 5 (Volleyball Prowess)
View image 6 (Sean's Game Point)
View image 7 (Amy and Dean)
View image 8 (James and Diane)
View image 9 (Karen and Dakin)
View image 10 (Bill the Disciplinarian)
View image 11 (Bill and Dean)
View image 12 (Smiling Sheryl and Dakin)
View image 13 (Eileen, Jay and Solaire)
View image 14 (Conrad breaking Sean's arm)
View image 15 (Deciding what to break next)
View image 16 (Be Afraid)
View image 17 (James and Amy)
View image 18 (Poor Sean)
View image 19 (Croquet)
View image 20 (I'd rather play 'Rock, Paper, Scissors')
View image 21 (Head down, beer level)
View image 22 (This ain't the rock, paper, scissors I meant)
View image 23 (Croquet's a lot more fun than it looks)
View image 24 (Pretty Blue Eyes)
View image 25 (What a Smile!)
View image 26 (Peanut Gallery)
View image 27 (Competitive Croquet)
View image 28 (La la la)
View image 29 (Oh man)
View image 30 (More Croquet)
View image 31 (Lots of Rules)
View image 32 (This Turkey's Dead)
View image 33 (Sheryl's Turn)
View image 34 (Bad Example)
View image 35 (Conrad, Dean, Sean, Amy, Karen, Diane, and William)
View image 36 (Ohhhhhhh!)
View image 37 (Very long game)
View image 38 (Perfect Form)
View image 39 (Croquet)
View image 40 (Diane, Amber, and James)
View image 41 (Beer will stunt your growth - 22 year-old Willy)
View image 42 (Something Very Important)
View image 43 (Will the King of Croquet)
View image 44 (I give up!)
Masters swimming is for everyone...
Read the Washington Post article:
10. Your resting heart rate is 10bpm.
9. 8x100 on 1:25 oddly reminds you of snow-skiing in Vermont.
8. Lose feeling in four or more toes.
7. Coach asks you to pee in his lane.
6. Dakin trades practice for furry slippers and cocoa.
5. Lifeguards say, "You guys are actually going to swim today?!"
3. We live in Florida, but blast the car's heater.
2. What do you mean by "Warm-up" / "Cool-down"?
1. Can't complain when your teeth chatter.
We will move over to Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club on Friday, October 28, 2005. Remember we'll begin a little earlier than usual, so please arrive by 5:45pm.
All Dynoswimmers are now required to submit the attached registration form. Please download the attached file, fill it out, and submit it to Dean or Sheryl by October 21, 2005.
No practice on October 24, due to Hurricane Wilma. We'll see you Tuesday. By the way, the water at Frieda will be nice and warm...
"Swimming was a big deal for us. It was sort of a bonding thing for my dad and I." ~Ronald Reagan jr.
"The Speedo Hydralign goggle corrects the user's head and body alignment by manipulating the swimmer's field of vision."
The googles offer a clear angled upper lens and the lower portion is frosted forcing a users sightline upward. The goggles are also endorsed by Michael Phelps coach Bob Bowman.
Interesting stuff, has anyone tried these goggles yet? If so leave a comment below on your opinion of them.
Please read the following article on start technique by Professor Ross Sanders - Director, Center for Aquatics Research and Education, University of Edinburgh.
This is an absolutely excellent article. Please pay close attention to the conclusions.
Fast twitch vs. slow twitch. Ever wonder why some have a penchant for sprinting or distance?
"The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it." ~Woodrow Wilson
For those of you interested, check out the design of our very own Dynoswim T-Shirts. They come in white and gray. If you'd like to order, use the "contact us" link at the bottom of this page. T-Shirts are $15.00 each or you can get two for $25.00.
Want to know how great swims happen? Read this article from USA swimming:
Check out Speedo's current feature on water...
The first annual Dynoswim Masters Biketoberfest ride will be held on Sunday, October 23rd. We will meet at Frieda Zamba at 10:00 am to begin the ride. We will ride for 2-2.5 hours (route to be announced) and will come back to the Watkins house for a cookout. For those Dynoswimmers without a motorcycle, we would like to extend an invitation to the cookout that will start officially at 1:00 pm.
Please RSVP with the number of people planning to go on the motorcycle ride and the number of people planning on attending the cookout. We will buy the food and drinks ahead of time and ask that each person chip in approximately $5.00.
I will email you directions to my house after I receive your RSVP (note: you can do that in person at practice, by email, by the Dynoswim website, or by phone).
Hope you can come!
A 9 year-old-boy swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco in an effort to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. For more info check out the following two links.
"Each person has his own safe place: running, painting, swimming, fishing, weaving, gardening. The activity itself is less important than the act of drawing on your own resources." ~Barbara Gordon
Oh distance freestyle. Solid cadence, even pace, consistent repeats, even splits, long, strong, reach, finish, streamline...
Tuesday we had our 1000 Time Trial. Friday we worked on our pace, cadence and repeats. On Saturday, despite the light turnout, we did one of the most difficult practices to date. A distance practice of 4100 yards all in 1 hour 20 minutes. Special accolades to Sheryl, Dave, and Sean who kicked tail and only complained once.
Here's a look at Saturday's program:
Can't wait for Monday...
We expect to move over to the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club sometime in the next few weeks depending on the water temperature at Frieda. Additionally, we will still offer a Friday practice on an informal basis. Please see the attached file for details.
We appreciate our friends in Canada!
"Masters Swimming Ontario is dedicated to the overall health and fitness of adults in the Province of Ontario through participation in a Masters Swimming program."
They are the provincial governing body in Canada. Take a look at their website:
They've also got some great resources for workouts and training:
Hannah competed in the Old Hickory Triathlon, placing 1st in her division and 4th overall female. CONGRATS! We may just see her in November. Check out the results:
"There is a special sadness in achievement, in the knowledge that a long-desired goal has been attained at last, and that life must now be shaped toward new ends." ~Arthur C Clarke
Disregard Tuesday's City Council meeting. We are not as yet on the formal agenda but stay tuned...